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Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

The call to action is palpable and necessary: to honor lives of Black Americans, to condemn police brutality, to dismantle systems based on racist values, and to stand in solidarity to affirm that BLACK LIVES MATTER. We reflect on our actions and critical feedback, which requires that Andover’s planning and opportunity to educate deliver greater accountability.

CAMD

A letter from CAMD

Director LaShawn Springer writes to the Andover community

Hand Illustration

Community Resources

A collection of readings, films, and action items shared with the Andover campus

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OWHL Reading List

A list of readings, podcasts, and videos to help understand and act against structural racism in American society

Classroom

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: The Work Ahead

Tang Institute Director Andy Housiaux writes about the historical and social factors around race, inequality, and injustice

Brace Center for Gender Studies

Brace Center for Gender Studies

The Brace Center’s current aim is to advance the institutional efforts towards intersectional gender equity and inclusion.

Camd

Community and Multicultural Development

The mission of the CaMD Office is to raise awareness and encourage understanding of differences of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, geographical origin, sexual orientation and more.

Andover White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE)

The purpose of AWARE is to stand with Black, Indigenous and people of color to dismantle racism by mobilizing white people to join in the work of creating a community based on justice and equity. In 2021, AWARE offers adults who identify as white a space to interrogate and understand their racial identity, racial privilege, internalized supremacy and dominance, and other manifestations of systemic racism. We acknowledge that a robust anti-racist practice continually weaves together self-reflection and action, challenges us to embrace discomfort, and requires us to show up authentically every day to take action against racist policies, practices, and attitudes.

This mission is inspired by abolitionist and antiracist thought leaders: Bettina Love, Layla Saad, Zaretta Hammond, Robin DiAngelo, Ibram X. Kendi, Glenn Singleton, Ali Michael, our colleagues, and others. (revised 3/24/21)

A team of facilitators plans topics for bi-weekly small group discussions, often in response to an article, podcast, or video. Our resource page is updated weekly with timely topics. In summer 2020, a virtual learning community met weekly to discuss the Scene on Radio: Seeing White podcast series and in fall 2020, facilitators hosted periodic antiracist teaching forums for the community.

The SEED Project

The SEED Project @PA is a campus effort inspired by The National SEED Project, and is a peer-led professional development program designed to create conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and inclusion. SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege. Peer facilitators and participants meet bi-weekly to build community and learn about each other through our stories, with a goal of creating momentum toward social justice personally, institutionally, and in the wider world. We use a combination of interactive exercises, readings, videos, and other media to stimulate reflection and discussion on topics of race, class, gender, sexual identity, and ability.

To learn more about AWARE or The SEED Project, contact Deb Olander.

Andover Magazine

From the Spring 2020 issue

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote about the presence of justice in his famous letter from Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963. Following his arrest for protesting the treatment of blacks in segregated Birmingham, King responded to the criticisms of local religious leaders who accused him of being “an outside agitator” responsible for causing unrest in the streets.

“Our purpose when practicing civil disobedience is to call attention to the injustice or to an unjust law which we seek to change,” King wrote. He referred to the presence of justice as a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality.

King’s epic missive—published and distributed around the country and introduced in testimony before Congress—struck at the heart of the nation’s understanding of law and order, arguing that the observance of an unjust law violates the moral order. And it ushered in seismic change.

In 2020, more than half a century after Dr. King wrote about justice and the long road to freedom, Andover’s ever-curious students, faculty, and alumni are thinking about how and where justice is served, how and where we have just aspects of our society, and what is our obligation and responsibility to help shape more just communities?

This issue is devoted to the problem solvers and solution seekers who are breaking down barriers and transforming lives.

EthicsPoint

To report wrongdoing visit www.andover.ethicspoint.com or call 844-302-0434.

EthicsPoint allows anyone to report wrongdoing to the Academy – even if they wish to do so anonymously. The website and phone number are hosted externally by Ethics Point.